Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, has declared independence, the first country in Europe to do so. The Kingdom of Sardinia or Latin: Regnum Sardiniae was founded on the island of Sardinia, with Caralis (modern-day Cagliari) as its capital. Construction has begun in the capital city, with the king recently having moved from a cave dwelling to the new royal palace, the Aula Regia. The city maintains wheat and cow farms as its main source of food and income.
Above: The Aula Regia, the first freestanding building on Sardinia and its current royal residence and center of government.
Sardinia is currently a medieval-style absolute monarchy. The king has declared Latin to be the language of government and administration, while the country's elites are educated in French to communicate with their northwestern neighbors. Local vernaculars include Italian, Sardinian, and English.
The capital city of Caralis in its present state, with the cow farm to the left of the Aula Regia. Both buildings were made using local resources, as the small kingdom has yet to establish trade networks.
The new kingdom has already faced dramatic episodes, most notably the Franco-Sardinian war, fought over the ongoing territorial dispute with the de facto government of France over Corsica. In a series of battles Sardinia successfully repelled attacks on its own soil, but not without sustaining damage to its farms and only shelter at the time.
Then, there was a mysterious crisis in the capital involving a power outage followed by an outbreak of fire in the royal palace. The kingdom recovered, and while its home island is poor in arable land and natural resources, it intends to become a trade and military power in the Mediterranean in the near future.
(Moved from General Discussion, original post from 7/3/18)